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Job opening: Supervisory Writer Editor

Salary: $106 841 - 138 891 per year
Relocation: YES
Published at: Sep 22 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Production and Conservation, (FPAC), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Science and Technology Deputy Area, Conservation Engineering Division (CED). The selectee serves as the top lead editor and supervise editorial staff for the S&T directives, technical papers, correspondence, and other documents before release to ensure conformance with NRCS and Federal editorial policies.


Provides national leadership for coordinating the NRCS publication process. Provides national leadership and coordination for the development of innovative, customer-oriented technical publications that are developed in a variety of formats and are delivered through a variety of media. Analyzes program objectives to determine the quantity and priority of NRCS publications. Develops procedures that improve the efficiency and quality of publications, including editing, formatting, and report generation. Oversees and coordinates the CED and S and T Deputy area internal review process to comply with USDA Scientific Integrity policy. Formulates and review editorial standards, policies, and procedures for the NRCS. Coordinates national training for NRCS staff responsible for preparing publications. Writes, edits, formats and/or oversees the editing of major CED publications in conformance with agency and current Federal policies for organization, grammar, readability, consistency, coherence, logic, clarity, and style.


  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check. If selected you will be sent instructions on obtaining fingerprints. Please note we are not able to reimburse any fees incurred for fingerprints.
  • Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit--Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/.


TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. (Please submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No Award or General Adjustment SF-50's will be accepted). Time-in-grade requirements also apply to VEOA applicants having held a GS position in the past year. See addition information. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying: GS-13 Specialized Experience: One or more full-time years (12-months) of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, performing the following duties: Researching and developing editorial and publishing policies and practices for an organization, such as the writing style, directives, technical papers and internal correspondence; Managing and coordinating the review and responses to organization directives; Reviewing and editing technical documents for an organization that includes directives, technical papers, regulatory rules, program funding announcements, and/or congressional reports; Working with other organizational training officials to exchange information and resolve common training and training-related problems relating to writing, formatting, editing, finalizing, and publishing organization documents; and Planning and implementing new formats for agency directives and other publications to meet the needs of specialized audiences. (Your resume must CLEARLY demonstrate this experience) IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. The OPM Qualification Standards for this position can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series This position is being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining Announcement Number 23-DE-12108659-AS. This announcement is open to all qualified candidates. Applying to both announcements may expand the possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.


  • Address Natural Resources Conservation Service 1400 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20250 US
  • Name: Midwest Services Branch
  • Phone: 8164265706
  • Email: [email protected]


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